Good morning! Agnes DeRouen in the KPLC 7 Newsroom getting ready for 7News@Noon.
It may be clear skies where you are…then again maybe not. Ben has been observing a cluster of strong to severe thunderstorms affecting north and central Louisiana. Those storms have the potential to affect southwest Louisiana and Acadiana – so the National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 2 pm for our entire viewing area. If you want the latest, up-to-the-minute weather information from a meteorologist watching out for your neighborhood right here at home, you won't want to miss Ben's forecast at noon and you can always check out weather information HERE.
There is a new ordinance making DeQuincy's alcohol sales regulations more lenient. We were at the City Council meeting there last night and you can see Lee Peck's complete story HERE.
Several court cases are moving along – including one involving a 28-year-old Westlake woman accused of sex crimes with a 13-year-old boy. Her attorney has made a plea in that case. Over in Jeff Davis Parish, two Jennings men accused of damaging dozens of graves at three cemeteries have now pleaded guilty to felony vandalism charges. We've been covering both of these cases for the past several months, so we'll have your updates.
Also today, there's a new procedure that could revolutionize how doctors monitor a pregnancy. It can actually give you an entire genetic blueprint of your baby before it's born. We'll show you how it works.
Plus, we'll have an inside look at how customs officials are racing to trace toxic lead in children's shoes. They've already seized over $2,000 worth of tainted shoes that were bound for stores nationwide.
And we are continuing to follow the plight of some area Girl Scouts. A group of them made the trip to Washington, D.C. to be part of the 100th anniversary celebration. Well, getting home could be a problem since one of their buses doesn't have a working air conditioner and the windows don't roll down. Getting a replacement has been difficult, so we're checking on the situation right now.
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